Genuine Vacations of a Lifetime
Sample Family Itinerary
If you are travelling with a family group, an important part of planning a New Zealand vacation with your family is the avoidance of rushing from place to place. While this belief holds true for each and every Latitude South vacation, we have found that it’s even more pertinent to family parties with the added logistics of moving a small group around the country. New Zealand is a wonderful family travel destination and our ethos revolves around the selection of a few choice locations whilst on vacation to be used as bases from which to explore and discover. The benefits of this style of family travel are many and meaningful: significant exposure to unique local communities; enough time to enjoy one or two of Latitude South’s private day tours along with enjoyment of the area at total leisure (hiking, National Parks, local festivals and market days, etc).
While all Latitude South vacations are completely customized around your specific ideas and expectations for your trip; we have included a sample New Zealand Family vacation below to showcase our capabilities in planning and managing genuine vacations of a lifetime!
DAY 1 arrival in Christchurch, New Zealand
On arrival in the charming South Island city of Christchurch you will be met and privately transferred to your overnight accommodation.
DAY 2 in Christchurch / Akaroa(Breakfast & lunch included today)
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation for your spectacular private day trip to the picturesque areas of Banks Peninsula, Paua Bay hill-country farm and the historic French and British settlement of Akaroa. This wonderful tour is a great way to become familiar with the delightful Banks Peninsula while encountering the stunning scenery that so epitomizes New Zealand. With the fantastic combination of a visit to spectacular Paua Bay Farm, your small group wildlife cruise of dramatic Akaroa Harbour and lunch at one of our very favourite Akaroa eateries, your private Akaroa Tour will truly be one of the highlights of your family’s time in New Zealand.
DAY 3 in Christchurch / Franz Josef(Breakfast included today)
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation for your transfer to the Christchurch Railway Station. From Christchurch, you will board the world renowned Tranz Alpine Express for the incredibly scenic trip across the breadth of the South Island; cutting directly through the magnificent Southern Alps. On arrival in Greymouth, you will collect your late model, automatic rental vehicle and commenced the relatively short trip down the ruggedly spectacular West Coast to the glacier region and the friendly small village of Franz Josef. On arrival in Franz, you will make your way to your comfortable, well-located accommodation.
DAY 4 in Franz Josef
This morning, you will walk across the road for the commencement of your exhilarating encounter with one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most inspiring glacier’s; Franz Josef. Combining a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a two-hour guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of New Zealand’s South Island, you’ll learn about glacier processes and enjoy supreme panoramic views on your private tour, as your local guide shows you the most spectacular ice formations.
DAY 5 in Franz Josef / Queenstown
This morning you will depart Franz Josef and travel in to the interior of the lower South Island to the gorgeous Southern Lakes District and the resort of Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown, you will make your way to your superb accommodation with its breathtaking views out over Lake Wakatipu.
DAY 6 in Queenstown
This morning you will take the enjoyable, scenic drive up the eastern edge of central Lake Wakatipu to the glorious hamlet of Glenorchy for your jet boat safari. Your experience offers you three full hours of classic jet boat action as your expert driver negotiates the shifting shallow braided channels of the magnificent glacier-fed Dart River and adds to the excitement with thrilling jet spins. From the comfort of the jet boat you will discover the spectacular beauty that makes up the unforgettable Dart River scenery as well as the option of a short walk to hidden rock pools deep in the Mount Aspiring National Park.
Following lunch in Glenorchy, you will take the short drive to the Routeburn Track trailhead for your independent walk on this; one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Your walk in to The Flats, as the name suggests, is largely a flat walk through the heartland of New Zealand’s spectacular alpine scenery. The Flats roundtrip walk is approximately 3.0 hours from the trailhead. At the end of this wonderful day in New Zealand’s backcountry, you will take the short drive back to Queenstown proper and to your accommodation.
DAY 7 in Queenstown(Lunch included today)
This morning, you will be collected from your accommodation for your transfer out to Queenstown Airport and commencement of your awesome, extended helicopter flight over magnificent Milford Sound including lunch atop a snowy peak in the middle of the South Island’s magnificent Southern Alps.
No trip to New Zealand is complete without a scenic flight to Milford Sound and going by helicopter means you can see so much more of the hidden valleys, such as the Tutoko or Harrison, with their slopes covered in rainforest, along the way. This private heli experience that we’ve designed in partnership with one of Queenstown’s top operator’s will take you past the head of Lake Wakatipu to the glacial beauty of Milford Sound, including a spectacular view of Mitre Peak. Add to this the totally unique experience of a private lunch in one of the country’s most remote high-alpine environments and we really don’t believe you could want for more!, After lunch, you’ll head back through the mountains and valleys of the Milford area to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown, you will be returned back to your accommodation with the rest of the afternoon to spend at leisure in this gorgeous area.
DAY 8 & 9 in Queenstown
These days are yours to spend at leisure. Options for the day are virtually endless and include the following (this is by no means an exhaustive list as that would be very long indeed – just some of our favourites):
- 4WD Off Road Trips in to either Skippers or Macetown historic Goldmining areas
- Bungy Jumping
- Horseback Riding
- The Steamship, The TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to beautiful Walter Peak
- Loads of wonderful hiking opportunities, all within very close proximity (guidance and maps will be provided upon request and depending on fitness levels)
- A visit to the nearby historic town of Arrowtown
- Mountain biking / Bike rental
- Guided Segway Tour
DAY 10 in Queenstown / Dunedin(Dinner included today)
This morning you will depart Queenstown and travel to the dramatic east coast.
DAY 11 on the Otago Peninsula(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today)
This morning, you will be collected from Kaimata for your wonderful, privately guided wildlife tour of this spectacular Peninsula. Encounters include close-up viewing of Yellow Eyed Penguins, Royal Albatross, seals and Hooker Sea Lions. With many short nature walks and a delectable lunch included, this is a great day in this truly delightful natural world.
DAY 12 in Dunedin(Breakfast & dinner included today)
Today is yours to explore the Peninsula and the Great Dunedin region with the convenience of your rental vehicle.
DAY 13 in Dunedin / Auckland
Today you will drive to the Dunedin Airport where you will drop off your rental vehicle and board your flight to New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland. On arrival in this vibrant and multicultural city, you will be met and privately transferred to your fantastic accommodation.
DAY 14 in Auckland(Lunch included today)
Following a morning at leisure exploring this; New Zealand’s largest metropolis, you will be met at Quay West just before lunchtime for commencement of your excellent, privately guided afternoon trip in Auckland’s western environs; specifically the beautiful and heavily bushed Waitakere Mountains.
DAY 15 departure from Auckland, New Zealand
This afternoon you will be collected from your accommodation for your private transfer to the Auckland International Airport. From the Airport, you will farewell New Zealand and board your flight home.